The Best Horror Films On Netflix Instant Streaming

In The Best Horror Films On Netflix Instant Streaming by john

Updated October 2016. We all have Netflix.  If you don’t have Netflix then it’s probably because you don’t have internet.  If you don’t have internet – how the hell are you reading this?  Anyway, I always hear friends and acquaintances tell me that there are no good horror films on Netflix.  I know that there is a lot of junk on Netflix.  In a sense it lowered the bar for filmmakers.  Instead of terrible horror films going direct-to-video they now have an easier option: direct-to-Netflix.  The roles have been reversed and these days more and more great horror films are bypassing theaters and opting for direct-to-video or Video-On-Demand releases.  I am digressing though, as that discussion is for another day.  Because of the apparent rarity of good horror on Netflix I decided to look for as many great/good/watchable genre films currently on streaming status and came across almost 200 titles for you.  They will be ranked alphabetically under the category of their greatness.  Let’s begin.


Battle Royale (2001)

Battle Royale remains one of the most incredible and shocking flicks I have ever seen.  Full-frontal direction of an ambitious story, where the corrupt youth of Japan are sent to an island to kill each other off until only one remains, makes this an experience you will never forget…and one you need to be a part of.

Hellraiser (1987)

– You’ve probably seen this already. Watch it again. If you haven’t seen it, you’re in for one Hell of a treat.  Read my full review for this film here: Hellraiser


A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014)

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– Deemed as the first “Iranian vampire western”, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut effort is an incredible experience. Shown in black and white with a noir tone, this is one of the “artsiest” films on the list. If you are wondering if the art interferes with the horror, I am glad to say it does not. The kills are highly effective, but this is not a gore-fueled effort. It is more than just a horror film, so those who aren’t big fans of the genre should find joy in the numerous other positives it has to offer. Read my full review for this film here: A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

– You’ve probably seen Robert Rodriguez’s titty-twisting epic vampire tale. It’s so good you should watch it again.  Read my full review for this film here:  From Dusk Till Dawn

Hellboy (2004)

– The majority of us love super heroes, and we also love Guillermo del Toro. He brings us his pet project about a supernatural super hero who saves the world from monsters, demons, and anything else the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense would rather you not know about.  Read my full review for this film here:  Hellboy

Jaws (1975)

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– There are few horror films as significant as Steven Spielberg’s 1975 killer-shark masterpiece. 40-plus years later it is still mimicked, yet none have come close to the hits this effort delivers. In a day where CGI has come at the cost of being less scary, Jaws is worth a watch to relive the glory days of giant animatronic sharks. Read my full review for this film here: Jaws

Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010)

– A four-hour documentary about the entire Nightmare on Elm Street series. The amount of knowledge gained in this series is incurable and includes many of the stars and filmmakers associated with the series, including many scenes of Wes Craven and Robert Englund themselves.  Read my full review for this film here: Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy 

Nightmares in Red, White, and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film (2009)

Nightmares in Red White and Blue, Documentary, John Carpenter, Horror, History

– Narrated by horror veteran / manliest voice ever Lance Henriksen, this 96 minute information-fest is told and executed in a way sure to please fans of the genre and introduce newbies to the films we love so dearly. From early expressionist films like The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, to the traditional monster films like Dracula / Frankenstein / Wolfman, to Psycho, to Halloween and Friday the 13th, and all the way up to the modern day horror films, this piece covers the major elements of American horror history up to its debut in 2009. On top of this the film also covers society’s take on horror and why certain horror films give us different types of horror, giving us more than the dumbed down experience some may expect from this. Periods of horror are also gone over in this experience, and along with that the directors and film critics explain why horror had to change to accommodate its changing audience. While this is narrated by Lance it comes with lots of director / writer cameos delivering their input on the genre and its related topics, and those cameos include: George A. Romero, Larry Cohen, Joe Dante, John Carpenter, Darren Lynn Bousman, Tom McLoughlin, Mick Harris, Brian Yuzna, and Roger Corman. I could go on and on about why you should see this documentary, but take my word for it; if you want to see the best documentary out there on American horror, this is it.  Read my full review for this film here: Nightmares in Red, White, and Blue

Re-Animator (1985)

– I really like medical-themed horror, and Re-Animator blends this with…well, re-animation in awesome fashion. This gory, wit-fueled experience is one of my favorite films and a recommendation I make to everyone.  Read my full review for this film here: Re-Animator

The Babadook (2014)

– One of 2014’s biggest accomplishments, this supernatural/psychological experience stood firmly at the top of the extreme majority of Top 10 lists for the year. Expertly directed by first-timer Jennifer Kent, The Babadook himself is responsible for sending goosebumps down my legs – a rarity. Dark, atmospheric, and containing of the spookiest antagonists in years, this is a highly recommended effort. Read my full review for this film here: The Babadook

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

– Credited as one of the earliest horror films, this 1920 silent German expressionist effort is a beautiful watch that I highly suggest to you.  It is sometimes mentioned in zombie lore as the first, or one of the earliest, zombie films, an assertion often debated due to its somnambulist character.  At the very least, give this a look for historical reasons.  Read my full review for this film here: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari


 Antichrist (2009)

– Lars von Trier is no stranger to controversy, and Antichrist has plenty of it. It’s also beautifully shot and contains a story that’ll leave you thinking for days.  Read my full review for this film here: Antichrist

Blade II (2002)

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– This is one of the few instances where a sequel surpasses the original, and of course Guillermo del Toro is behind it. His first foray into bringing his favorite comics to the big screen is a win that delivers solid vampire action, loads of gore, and a star-studded genre cast including Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman, and Norman Reedus. If you want visually a visually engaging, action packed experience that never relents then give this a watch. Read my full review for this film here: Blade II

Byzantium (2013)

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– Byzantium is Neil Jordan’s return to the genre after almost 20 years. The director of Interview with a Vampire and The Company of Wolves delivers another solid vampire flick that could be the best since Let The Right One In, expertly blending horror with drama and fantasy. Read my full review for this film here: Byzantium

Dead Set (2008)

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– I have not seen this UK mini-series since it debuted in 2008, but I am stoked to give this another watch and you should join. It tells the story of a Big Brother cast inside a fortified house, unaware that the zombie apocalypse is going on outside their walls. Told in five parts, this equals a two-plus hour experience heavy in gore and zombie action. Read my full review for this film here: Dead Set

Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (2014)

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– The original was cool, but this sequel is even better. The story begins right where the first left and ups the ante in every way possible. Heavy in gore and complimented with never-ending chaos, no one is safe from the undead Nazis. Read my full review for this film here: Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead

Deathgasm (2015)

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– This New Zealand film is an epic blending of horror and metal. When a young metal band comes across forbidden sheet music from their idol Rikki Daggers, they do what any aspiring music junkies would do – they perform the music…and incidentally unleash Hell on Earth. Gorehounds and metalheads alike are in for a treat with this, as it comes with loads of practical gore effects and numerous nods to metal lore – like having to perform the music backwards to save the world. I highly recommend this piece if you want a hilarious, gory, and downright awesome experience. Read my full review for this film here: Deathgasm

Event Horizon (1997)

– I hope you have seen this visually appealing sci-fi/horror film. Sometimes I find it hard to believe that Paul W.S. Anderson directed this atmospheric masterpiece. Nonetheless, you need to see this, either again or for the first time. Read my full review for this film here: Event Horizon

Fire in the Sky (1993)

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– This is one of my absolute favorite films. It tells the true story of a group of friends who claim their buddy, Travis Walton, was abducted by aliens on their way home. With the local authorities not buying the story and accusing them of trying to cover up Travis’ murder/disappearance, he mysteriously shows up five days later…and with one hell of a story to tell. If you enjoy alien films then this is a must-watch. It is expertly directed and comes with a highly engaging story that has yet to be disproven. Most importantly though, it includes one of the genre’s most terrifying sequences in the reenactment of Travis’ abduction. Read my full review for this film here: Fire in the Sky

Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

– This visceral effort is nothing like its predecessor, and that isn’t a bad thing. Taking place after the first film, Kirsty must once again do battle with the cenobites, but this time they fight on Pinhead’s turf.  Read my full review for this film here: Hellbound: Hellrasier II

Hush (2016)

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Hush gives us an interesting premise by pitting a deaf protagonist against a home-invader. This allows the masked killer to toy with her in ways that are typically unfeasible. With very few characters the film naturally lacks a bit in the kills, making this a good suggestion for friends not too crazy about kills/gore. Thankfully, superb direction from Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Absentia, Before I Wake, Ouija: Origin of Evil) negates the lack of kills as a negative. He expertly brings good tension and atmosphere to result in a really good effort for a direct-to-Netflix feature. Read my full review for this film here: Hush

John Dies at the End (2013)

– This title is awesome. It’s also based on a hip novel and comes directed by one of the genre’s most beloved directors, Don Coscarelli (Phantasm series, Bubba ho-tep).  Zany, hilarious, unpredictable, and co-starring Paul Giamatti, you need to see this.  Read my full review for this film here: John Dies at the End

Late Phases (2014)

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– Starring the incredible Nick Damici, Late Phases gives us one of the sweetest werewolf flicks of recent day, where a blind veteran must defend his neighborhood from the lycans at the next full moon.  The direction is solid, with live-action werewolves and gory kills that leave little to the imagination.  Alongside Damici’s great performance comes a story that blends horror, drama, and a bit of comedy.  Read my full review for this film here: Late Phases

Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut (1990)

– This is one of thee coolest horror films out there. From Clive Barker, Nightbreed centers around a community of mutant outcasts forced to fight against the world that sent them out of civilization. Barker isn’t the only famous horror director tied to the film, as David Cronenberg (The Fly, Scanners, Videodrome) plays the antagonist (pictured above).  Read my full review for this film here: Nightbreed

Stake Land (2011)

– I am admittedly not very big on vampire films, but I absolutely love Stake Land. Director Jim Mickle has since directed the We Are What We Are redo and the Cold in July adaptation – all fantastic works. Throw in Nick Damici as the lead and you cannot go wrong. I highly recommend this.  Read my full review for this film here: Stake Land

Stitches (2013)

– Killer clowns and the genre go hand in hand, but at the same time only a handful of these films are good. Stitches is one of the very best and a received a Top 10 nod in 2013. It’s heavy in spooky atmosphere and vengeance-fueled gory kills delivered by the best killer clown I have ever seen. Highly recommended. Read my full review for this film here: Stitches

Stranger Things: Season 1 (2016)

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– Netflix and the Duffer brothers (Hidden) delivered a true winner with this series about a group of kids trying to save their friend from an inter-dimensional realm and the henious creature that lies within it. Of everything Netflix offers in relation to horror, this is a mandatory watch. Stranger Things brings with it that nostalgic feeling of being a young horror fan whose imagination is running ever-wild. With an 80s-centric plot about government mischief, a creature on the loose, naive adults, and the fate of a small town in the hands of its local adolescent outcasts, it feels really good to see an effort like this for the masses to enjoy. Read my full review for this film here: Stranger Things

The Hallow (2015)

The Hallow, Netflix, Top Horror, Creature Feature, Irish Horror

The Hallow is one hell of a debut effort for Irish director Corin Hardy. Here, a man must move his family to rural Ireland as part of a work project. His work takes him into the nearby woods, where the superstitious locals believe he will disturb “The Hallow”. Ignoring their warnings about mythical creatures within the woods, the family learns first-hand the creatures are far from mythical. If there is one consistent element I notice with Irish horror films it is this: the atmosphere is incredible. The Hallow isn’t only visually appealing, as it delivers great creature action and even blends in body horror. If you want a top-notch creature feature I highly suggest this one. Read my full review for this film here: The Hallow

The Host (2007)

– South Korea loves its horror but it wasn’t until The Host made waves in 2007 that the world realized it. The effects are amazing, the story engaging, and director Joon-ho Bong delivers one of the best creature films there is.  Read my full review for this film here: The Host

The House at the End of Time (2014)

– Venezuelan horror makes an appearance thanks to this film. A supernatural effort that will throw you for a look, this isn’t the simple haunted house film it initially comes off as. By the end of the experience you won’t only be wowed, but you may be in tears as well.  Read my full review for this film here: The House at the End of Time

Troll Hunter (2011)

– One of the best horror films this decade, this Norwegian flick follows a documentary crew filming mysterious bear killings plaguing a small town. Little do they know, the bears are not being killed by a rogue human hunter, but gigantic trolls the authorities have been trying to keep secret. The visuals will leave you in awe. Read my full review for this film here: Troll Hunter

We Are Still Here (2015)

We Are Still Here, Top Horror, Netflix

– We Are Still Here is a great flick sure to please fans of 80s horror as it is shot in the vien of film’s like Lucio Fulci’s House by the Cemetary. This supernatural effort follows a married couple moving out to the country after the death of their teenage son. Still reeling from the loss, their troubles are far from over as the house they moved in to demands a sacrifice every thirty years, and they arrived just in time. With live-action effects and ghouls that bring back the classic feel genre fans know and love, this is a recommended effort. Read my full review for this film here: We Are Still Here

Witching & Bitching (2014)

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Witching & Bitching is an awesome Spanish horror film from cult director Alex de la Iglesia (The Day of the Beast, The Last Circus). After fumbling a jewelry heist, three thieves take refuge in the notorious village of Zugarramurdi, where a coven of witches kidnap them in preparation for a fertility sacrifice that is anything but pleasant. From start to finish this flick is unrelenting in comedy and damn good with its horror. I recommend watching this during this Halloween season. Read my full review for this film here: Witching & Bitching

Wolf Creek 2

– The first film made waves in the genre back in 2005, and much to my surprise filmmaker Greg McLean returned 9 years later with a sequel even more terrifying than its predecessor. This is one of the absolute best horror films of 2014 so far.  Highly recommended. Read my full review for this film here: Wolf Creek 2

Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (2015)

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– This Australian horror flick is one of 2015’s most fun experiences. It follows a talented mechanic searching for his sister during the zombie apocalypse, picking up survivors joining his cause. Their combined talents allow them to adorn their vehicles and themselves in the fight against a secretive government agency with ties to her disappearance. Told from both his and his sister’s point of view, the violence and gore is marvelously endless in this debut effort from Kiah Roache-Turner. Read my full review for this film here: Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead


Bad Milo (2013)

– In what feels like a modern day Basket Case, Bad Milo follows an average guy living an average life, except for the demon growing within his anus. This film is insane, and I’m still laughing at how true the end of the first sentence is. Read my full review for this film here: Bad Milo

Baskin (2016)


– This Turkish horror film is the debut effort of Can Evrenol, and he leaves his mark on the scene with an experience that makes for one of 2016’s crazier genre flicks.  When a squad of police officers receives a call for help from a fellow unit, they fall victim to a trapdoor to Hell. Within it lies the manifestation of their sins, brought to life by a baroque story complimented with full-frontal violence and sexual depravity.  Evrenol does not shy away from the goods, and gorehounds will be chalking him down as a name to remember.  Read my full review for this film here: Baskin

Big Ass Spider (2013)

– From Mike Mendez (The Gravedancers), Big Ass Spider is a hilarious film where a lackluster exterminator (Greg Grunberg) is the only hope at stopping a giant spider laying waste to Los Angeles. Read my full review for this film here: Big Ass Spider

Creep (2015)

– This is one of the more minuscule found-footage films out there, where two filmmakers, Mark Duplass and Patrick Brice, account for nearly everyone involved in the project. Creep follows a videographer who answers a Craigslist ad for a one-day job in a remote mountain town. He expects an easy gig, but soon learns his client is not quite what he seems, and may have sinister plans for him (he does). It is a well-executed effort, with solid tension and a great performance from Duplass.  Read my full review for this film here: Creep

Cropsey (2009)

– A documentary about a grisly massacre that took place in what has been unofficially deemed “Cropsey’s Woods”. As children Zach and Barbara were told tales of a killer named Cropsey who lurked the neighboring woods where the murders took place. The duo now returns to the community to document whether the man charged with the crimes is the Cropsey that gave them nightmares as children. Read my full review for this film here: Cropsey

Curse of Chucky (2013)

– Child’s Play writer Don Mancini returns to the series and brings it back from the silly tone of Bride/Seed of Chucky with this effort.  Watching this brings back the feel of the first three films, where spooky development takes over as Chucky slowly weaves his way into taking a young boy’s soul.  With excellent atmosphere, solid scares, and good action all around, this is the installment the series needed in order to redeem itself.  Read my full review for this film here: Curse of Chucky

Dead Silence (2007)

– Ventriloquists’ dummies – I don’t think there are many things scarier. From the guys behind Saw, you should expect a twist ending you won’t see coming. Read my full review for this film here: Dead Silence

Dead Snow (2010)

– The first film to my knowledge to give us Nazi zombies (not to be confused with Nazi ghosts) and one of several Norwegian films on this list. The gore reigns heavy and the action rarely relents, making this great when you have friends over…as long as they can read subtitles. Read my full review for this film here: Dead Snow

Devil (2010)

– Written by M. Night Shymalan and directed by John Erick Dowdle (As Above, So Below, Quarantine), Devil provides a claustrophobic experience where a group of strangers trapped in a stalled elevator realize one of them is a killer with supernatural abilities. I love nowhere-to-run scenarios like this one. Read my full review for this film here: Devil

Europa Report (2013)

Europa Report, Top Horror, Netflix

– This flick is more sci-fi than horror but it at least delivers some good chills during its final sequences. With proof of heat signuatures and sub-surface lakes on one of Jupiter’s moons, an international crew of astronauts embark on a privately funded mission to search for life. The first mission to send men and women into deep space, the world is allowed to stream every moment of the trip until the transmission is corrupted and the shuttle never returned. Now additional footage has been declassified and viewers can now see the horrors that overcame the Europa One. Read my full review for this film here: Europa Report

Extraordinary Tales (2015)

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Extraordinary Tales is an animated anthology of five Edgar Allen Poe stories narrated by some notable genre legends: Chrisopher Lee, Bella Lugosi, Guillermo del Toro, Roger Corman, and Julian Sands. These actors alone make this a cool watch, which is made even more unique by this being an animated telling of Poe’s works. With no two-stories sharing the same artistry, you are bound to like most of them. Read my full review for this film here: Extraordinary Tales

Faults (2015)

Faults, Top Horror, Netflix

Faults is an engaging thriller with elements of horror. The story follows Ansel, a leading authority on the subject of mind control whose controversial past has left him on his last leg. When the parents of a young girl who fell for a mysterious cult present him an offer he can’t refuse, he begins the risky task of deprogramming her. As he battles for control over her mind and his debuts he begins to realize he may be in over his head. Read my full review for this film here: Faults

Harbinger Down (2015)

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– This is for those who complain about the lack of practical effects these days. Harbinger Down gives us a scientist studing global warming while abord her father’s crabbing ship. When they come across a Soviet space vessel frozen in ice they decide to bring it aboard as a salvage find. Little do they know, the Soviets were experimenting with a resilient water-dwelling species whose mutations killed the crew of the vessel…and are now aboard the Harbinger. With loads of creature action, a nowhere to run scenario, and Lance effing Henriksen, this is a flick I highly recommend for those needing a creature feature. Read my full review for this film here: Harbinger Down

Helix: Season 1 (2014)

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– This is a great series about a CDC team sent to an Antarctic research base to contain and eliminate a deadly virus that has infected a scientist. What the team assumes will be a simple task proves to be a gross underestimation of the situation. Lies, deception, a shadowy corporation, and an ever-growing population of infected mutants stand in their way. With nowhere to run, this series provides thrills and chills many times over. Read my full review for this series here: Helix: Season 1

Here Comes the Devil (2013)

– A Mexican horror film where a vacationing couple’s two children disappear while exploring a mountain and mysteriously reappear the next day. It is obvious something is “different” about them, and the parents will soon learn the terrible events that look place on the forbidden rock. Read my full review for this film here: Here Comes the Devil

Honeymoon (2014)

– A newlywed couple’s lake-side honeymoon retreat turns to chaos when Paul finds his wife lost and disoriented in the woods. Coinciding with strange lights in the sky, Paul must figure out what happened to his wife that night. This effort is heavier on the drama than the horror, but the tension is solid and it’ll keep you guessing until the end.  Read my full review for this film here: Honeymoon

Kidnapped (2011)

– This Spanish horror film is gut-wrenching. No holds are barred here. Watch it, feel sick, and hate me later. Read my full review for this film here: Kidnapped

Killer Legends (2014)

Killer Legends is the newest film from the guy who delivered urban legend documentary, Cropsey. This time he focuses on four popular urban legends instead of just one. The flick is pieced together well and my only gripe would be that I wish the legends would have had more supplemental information. Nonetheless, this is a positive effort for those who enjoy horror documentaries.  Read my full review for this film here: Killer Legends

Kristy (2015)

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– I have long said that with the slasher sub-genre you can give us the same old format we’ve seen a hundred times, and as long as the execution is good it’ll still grasp the viewer. That is the case with Kristy. When Justin stays behind on campus to work on her studies during Thanksgiving break, her much-needed solitary focus is interrupted by a murderous cult intent on making her their next victim. With nowhere to run but a large campus at her disposal, the thrills make this a worthwhile slasher film. Read my full review for this film here: Kristy

Monsters (2010)

– Gareth Edwards’ (Godzilla) debut horror film, Monsters is a dramatic horror flick about a couple who’s vacation in Mexico goes awry when giant alien monsters invade. Read my full review for this film here: Monsters

Odd Thomas (2014)

– This Stephen Sommers’ (Deep Rising, The Mummy) adaptation of Dean Koontz’s supernatural crime-fighting novel. It’s not very scary but it’s fun. Read my full review for this film here: Odd Thomas

Pod (2015)

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– From Mickey Keating (Darling, Carnage Park) comes Pod, an engaging story that kept me glued to the screen. Ed and Lyla visit their estranged brother Martin (Brian Morvant in an incredible role) at the family’s isolated lakehouse to stage an intervention after a strange phone call. Their brother has never been the same since returning from military service, and believes he was experimented on as part of a grand government conspiracy. To make matters worse, he claims to have caught a monster and locked it in the basement. As he insidiously succumbs to his mental instability the siblings realize they are in serious danger. Their situation could not get any worse, unless, Martin is telling the truth. Give this a watch and find out. Read my full review for this film here: Pod

Pontypool (2010)

– Set in a radio station with nowhere to run, a unique method of contamination makes this a unique zombie film. Read my full review for this film here: Pontypool

Ragnarok (2014)

– I love Norwegian horror, and I love creature features, so I enjoyed Ragnarok.  The film is equal parts adventure film as it is horror flick, with the adventure aspect controlling the first 45 minutes and the horror closing out the show.  At PG-13 and with no on-screen deaths, this could pass for some as a “family” film.  Don’t let the family tag fool you though, I liked it.  Read my full review for this film here: Ragnarok

REC 4: Apocalypse

– This is the climax to the scariest horror franchise of this millennium.  While the first two are pretty much perfect, the third film lagged a bit.  Thankfully, this fourth installment (and the only to be shot entirely in third-person) ends the series on a positive note.  With nowhere to run and few places to hide, the gore and infected consume the experience and provide some good thrills.  Read my full review for this film here: REC 4: Apocalypse

Rigor Mortis (2014)

– After a long hiatus I revisited my love for Asian horror and was very pleased with this Hong Kong film. You won’t believe this comes from a first-time director. The horror is good, the action is great, and the cinematography is absolutely amazing. This is worth a watch for the visuals alone, or if you are a fan of the Mr. Vampire films of the 1980s. If you know them then you’ll know why. Read my full review for this film here: Rigor Mortis

Rites of Spring (2011)

– A pagan ritual ruins what would have been the perfect heist. I love films like this where criminals become the victims. Read my full review for this film here: Rites of Spring

Scream 2 (1997)

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– Debuting less than a year after Scream, Wes Craven returns with the second installment to his Ghostface meta-slasher saga. While a step down from its predecessor, Scream 2 still provides a positive experience that is sure to please fans of the original. Read my full review for this film here: Scream 2

Scream: The TV Series (Season 1) (2015)

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– This television series delivers the core of the Scream franchise alongside modern amendments that make this applicable to today’s society. Don’t be swayed by this being an MTV product. The horror is surprisingly good, which I was not expecting but was glad to accept. If you enjoy slasher films and mystery storylines then this is probably worth your time, with actress Bex Taylor-Klaus as the icing on the cake. Read my full review for this series here: Scream: The TV Series (Season 1)

Starry Eyes (2014)

– If you have seen this then you are probably saying to yourself that it should be higher on my list.  I liked it, but if it wasn’t for a tremendous final act I wouldn’t have liked the film this much.  A unique tale about the hell some will go through to reach their dreams, Starry Eyes is (in the end) an unforgettable experience.  Films that dog the Hollywood elite always appeal to me, and this is one of them.  Read my full review for this film here: Starry Eyes

Stonehearst Asylum (2014)

– An all-star cast (Kate Beckingsale, Ben Kingsley, Michael Caine) leads this engaging tale centering on the horrors of Victorian-era medicine. It sounds gruesome, but don’t expect gore here. The horror lies in the actions of the antagonists in this adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether.  Read my full review for this film here: Stonehearst Asylum

The Canal (2014)

– This Irish film follows Rupert Evans as a film archivist who comes across a 100 year old film reel that shows a murder taking place in his home. When his wife disappears and is later found dead, he is the prime suspect. With the authorities closing in, he must prove his innocence and that something sinister is at play. This is a psychological effort with hints of the supernatural and a few solid jolts.  Read my full review for this film here: The Canal

The Den (2014)

– If you have ever video chatted you need to see The Den. It’s not perfect, but it uses modern day social technology to deliver some good jolts. Read my full review for this film here: The Den

The Hole (2012)

Inanimate horror is my favorite horror.

– This is one of my favorite films from 2012, however it sat on the shelf for 3 years after being completed in 2009.  That happens too often these days, where great horror films like Trick ‘r Treat and You’re Next sit in purgatory while crap is released nationwide.  Anyway, Joe Dante returned to the genre after 19 years (since Gremlins 2: The New Batch) to give us a chilling effort that’ll make you feel like a kid again thanks to its “family horror” feel. Don’t underestimate the film though, it’s full of spooks aimed at adults. The horror stems from a family that moves into a new home and discovers a locked door to a large hole in their garage. Boys will be boys, and upon unlocking the hole they release a supernatural entity that has been waiting to haunt again. If you have seen The Gate you’ll enjoy this. Read my full review for this film here: The Hole

The Horde (2010)

– An awesome French zombie film where a group of rogue officers attempting to avenge the death of one of their own must now team with their enemies if they wish to survive an apocalyptic zombie invasion. This effort is heavy in gore and great action. Check it out. Read my full review for this film here: The Horde

The Human Centipede (2010)

– One of the most hyped horror films of the decade. This Danish flick does the unthinkable and does it well. Read my full review for this film here: The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

The Invitation (2016)

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– Director Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body) returns after a six year hiatus with her best work to date. The Invitation follows a group of friends attending a dinner party hosted by a couple that had fallen off the map for two years as they explored a cult in Mexico. As the night goes on, Will begins to uncover evidence that their hosts have sinister plans in store. This is a slow-burner that will keep you guessing with many twists and turns until the explosive climax delivers the payoff. Read my full review for this film here: The Invitation

The Nightmare (2015)

– From the man behind Room 237, this documentary tackles a frightening disorder known as sleep paralysis. Eight participants tell their frightening stories about life-long sleep paralysis, and Rodney Ascher recreates their nightmares for us to see.  Read my full review for this film here: The Nightmare

The Pack (2012)

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– After reading lots of negative reviews about this French flick I watched it for myself a few years back and found it really enjoyable thanks to good horror. Heavy in gloomy atmosphere that comes complimented with ghoulish creatures, this is one I would recommend to those wanting a simple effort with a high upside for scares. I love the look of the antagonists, and they are the biggest reason to give this a shot. Read my full review for this film here: The Pack

The Relic (1997)

– This is one of my favorite films from 1990s and one of the most under-appreciated creature features there is.  Watch as a detective and an anthropologist join forces to stop an ancient creature (created by Stan Winston) chowing on people in a Chicago museum.  Read my full review for this film here: The Relic

The Sacrament (2014)

– Ti West’s most recent horror film is not what I was expecting it to be, but then again I went in “blind”. The suspense is good and he keeps you hooked on a slow-burning story that you will learn is based on a famed event of the past. If horror awarded Oscars (it does unofficially) Gene Jones would win for his performance as “Father”. Read my full review for this film here: The Sacrament

The Shrine (2011)

– An atmospheric piece packed with good chills when a group of nosy journalists investigating a cult stumble across horrors they were never supposed to see. This is a personal favorite of mine and comes from Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer auteur Jon Knautz. Read my full review for this film here: The Shrine

The Ward (2011)

– After a 9 year hiatus horror great John Carpenter returned with The Ward, a supernatural story I’ve seen a dozen times but one that stands above the rest thanks to Carpenter’s expert direction. It stars Amber Heard too. Read my full review for this film here: The Ward

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2011)

– This horror comedy came out of nowhere a few years ago and is still wildly appreciated by those who have seen it. In this case it’s cool to join the crowd. Read my full review for this film here: Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

V/H/S (2012)

– A modern day anthology that took the genre by storm, a slew of today’s young directors provide 6 tales (5 of them good) for the viewer to enjoy. If you are easily bored then an anthology is a good choice. Read my full review for this film here: V/H/S

VHS 2 (2013)

– This sequel gives us 5 more stories and improves on its predecessor. If you enjoyed the first you’ll enjoy this. Actually, regardless you’ll enjoy this. Read my full review for this film here: V/H/S 2

We Are What We Are (2014)

– The American remake to the famed Mexican film of the same name, We Are What We Are is a dramatic cannibal film sold by great performances. It stars three solid actors, Bill Sage, Nick Damici, and Michael Parks, and they do no wrong. It’s a bit of a slow-burner and doesn’t deliver much of the “goods” for a cannibal film, so keep that in mind. Nonetheless, this is a good quality story-driven flick.  Read my full review for this film here: We Are What We Are

Wolfcop (2015)

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Wolfcop is a fun ride that gives us the coolest werewolf in decades. Not only is he a literally booze hound who rips the faces off of criminals, but the initial werewolf transformation is surely the zaniest I have seen. Why? Because it starts at his DICK. If you enjoy films like Hatchet then you should enjoy this. Read my full review for this film here: Wolfcop

Would You Rather (2013)

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– Would You Rather follows the familiar template of pitting strangers against one another (in a controlled environment) and letting them battle bodies/minds until only one of them is left standing.  The prize: money.  Horror icon Jeffrey Combes (Re-Animator) stars as the mastermind behind the terror, and you watch as his guests are forced to endure some truly awful acts.  No holds are barred here.  Read my full review for this film here: Would You Rather

Zombeavers (2015)

– When I first heard of this film I was unsure of how “bad” it would be.  The genre loves killer-animal films, and while there are plenty of classics the majority is junk.  Zombeavers surprised me in that it delivered good horror with very little CGI.  The effects provide lots of live-action gore and solid zombeaver carnage.  This is a great flick to enjoy with friends.  Read my full review for this film here: Zombeavers


All Cheerleaders Die (2014)

– Two guys who have adapted Jack Ketchum novels into great films recreate their college film. I did not like this as much as others, but I dug the story of cheerleaders rising from the dead to seek revenge against the jocks who lead them to their graves. Read my full review for this film here: All Cheerleaders Die

At The Devil’s Door (2014)

– This is a unique effort that turned out to be much different than similar efforts, where a strange person knocks on your door at an odd hour. From Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact), you can expect a few good spooks and good demonic activity. It has its faults, but the goosebumps are nice.  Read my full review for this film here: At The Devil’s Door

Blood Glacier (2014)

– The first horror film I have seen where the horror derives from climate change, as a melting glacier unleashes a long buried beast that will soon lay waste to the team of scientists hoping to prove climate change as a real phenomena. Due to its setting and creature element many have referenced John Carpenter’s The Thing when viewing this. Read my full review for this film here: Blood Glacier

Burying the Ex (2015)

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– Directed by Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Burbs) and starring the late Anton Yelchin, Burying the Ex tells the story of a young man who finally gets the courage to leave his domineering girlfriend, only for her to get hit by a bus and die. Soon afterwards he meets the love of his life, but somehow his former girlfriend rises from the dead and stops at nothing to keep him with her forever. It’s a silly romantic horror film that could liven up your boring dating life. Read my full review for this film here: Burying the Ex

Cabin Fever: Patient Zero

– The third installment to the Cabin Fever series, comic book artist / director Kaare Andrews redeemed the series a bit after the poor Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever (so bad director Ti West disowns it). Heavy in gore and set in a nowhere-to-run scenario, the story also gives light to what started the heinous water-born virus. Read my full review for this film here: Cabin Fever: Patient Zero

Dark Skies (2013)

Dark Skies surprised me because it was much creepier than I expected it to be.  It won’t win any awards and won’t keep up with other recent alien visitation films like The Fourth Kind, but if you need a spooky alien flick then this might suffice.  Read my full review for this film here: Dark Skies

Dark Was the Night (2015)

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– Nick Damici (Late Phases, Stake Land) appearing in a creature film is all I needed to give this one a watch. Carrying environmental undertones, this story follows a small town sheriff who must protect his people (and his family) from a creature forced from the woods thanks to a logging company. The only reason this doesn’t have a higher rating is I wanted more horror from it. Aside from that, the acting, atmosphere, story, and direction are worthwhile. Read my full review for this film here: Dark Was the Night

Evidence (2013)

– A cool concept where a team of investigators literally watch found-footage trying to catch a serial killer who laid waste at an abandoned gas station. Read my full review for this film here: Evidence

Exorcismus (2011)

– A 15 year old’s seizures and violent outbursts leaves her in psychiatric treatment, but when her symptoms worsen a priest is called to exorcise her. Read my full review for this film here: Exorcismus

Helix: Season 2 (2015)

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– It’s a step down from its surprisingly positive first season, but still a worthwhile watch for fans of the show. Set 15 months after the events that took place in Antarctica, the CDC team must now tackle a virus stemming from a mysterious cult holed up on a small island. Read my full review for this series here: Helix: Season 2

Gallowwalkers (2013)

– Starring Wesley Snipes as an undead gunslinger, this western sat on the shelf for years before being released on DVD and Netflix. It’s not amazing, but it’s just cool as Hell to see Snipes donning western gear and a few Colt .45 six-shooters. Read my full review for this film here: Gallowwalkers

Haunter (2013)

– Vincenzo Natali’s third horror film, after Cube and Spliced, did not live up to my high expectations, but it could live up to yours. I have friends who claim this gave them nightmares. Read my full review for this film here: Haunter

Stung (2015)

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Stung is a fun but flawed creature feature where unlucky partygoers are transformed into giant mutant wasps.  This is one of those beer & wings with your friends flicks.  Read my full review for this film here: Stung

The ABCs of Death (2013)

– This is the most colossal horror anthology of all time. 26 films delivered in about two hours. Some are really good, some are OK, and some are crap. Your best bet is to read my full review where I list each entry individually.

The Amityville Horror (2005)

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– This remake matches up to the mostly-positive 1979 original (still one of the genre’s most overrated) by giving viewers a few decent scares in a tired storyline that ultimately doesn’t do it for me. I can see a story like this appeasing non-genre aficionados given its very low death count (not including the home’s original murders), so this is one I’d recommend to such folks. Read my full review for this film here: The Amityville Horror (2005)

The Awakening (2012)

– Atmosphere is heavy in this British supernatural tale about a hoax exposer who must watch her beliefs (or lack thereof) fall apart when she confronts a supernatural force at a boarding school. Read my full review for this film hereThe Awakening

The Pact (2012)

– Still struggling with the death of her mother, a woman’s past returns to haunt her when she visits her childhood home. Read my full review for this film here: The Pact


Animal (2014)

– A simple creature feature that surprised me with the antagonist’s unique attributes. It uses the usual cabin in the woods storyline, and plays heavily on the nowhere-to-run scenario.  Read my full review for this film here: Animal

Extraterrestrial (2014)

– The Vicious Brothers made a name for themselves with Grave Encounters, but since then they haven’t been able to keep up with their freshman effort. Grave Encounters 2 turned out basic, and unfortunately so did Extraterrestrial. I had high hopes for this because I love aliens, but it just did not do it for me. However, the film has its fans and you might just be one of them. The final sequence is pretty damn awesome, at least.  Read my full review for this film here: Extraterrestrial

Haunt (2014)

– The atmosphere and ghosts sell the film. Everything else is basic, but if you like haunted house flicks then this may appease you. Read my full review for this film here: Haunt

Terminal Invasion (2002)

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– I have a story behind this flick. I wanted to fall asleep to a movie and figured some cheesy B-movie flick starring Bruce Campbell would do the trick. Nope. I wound up fully engaged by the experience and was nowhere near falling asleep 90 minutes later. It’s a cheesy ride but it comes with a cool nowhere-to-run scenario, live-action alien gore, and of course it stars Bruce as a wiseass criminal en route to death row. If you need your cheese fix this may not be a bad watch. It also comes directed by Sean S. Cunningham (Friday the 13th, Leviathan). Read my full review for this film here: Terminal Invasion

V/H/S: Viral (2014)

– It’s predecessors were good, this one…not so much. However, it has a few good anthology installments that I enjoyed – “Dante the Great” and “Bonestorm”.  Read my full review for this film here: V/H/S: Viral

Keep in mind that there are MORE good horror films on Netflix.  I just know it.  There are quite a few I still need to see (We Are What We Are redo), including films I have never seen and films I have not seen in my adult life (The Prophecy), so peep this article on a regular basis to stay on top of what good horror is on Netflix.  It won’t be easy, but I will do my best to keep this list a legitimate one where films are removed and added concurrently with those on instant streaming.  Thanks for reading.